“As far as the respect accorded to us by the other teams, I believe we’ve achieved that,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. “The fact alone that we compete and win against seasoned teams bolster my belief that we are headed towards the right direction.”
Darnell Jackson, who came in to reinforce the Bolts for the last three games of the elims, is aware of the talent level on the squad.
“There’s a lot of great players in this team. Those guys play hard every game, every practice, but at the end of the day, they have nothing to prove. The only thing they have to prove is to prove it to themselves — to go out there and compete every night. So as the fans, we’re here to perform for the fans. We don’t let them down,” said Jackson....
The win gave the Bolts a winning 5-4 record heading into the playoffs, which gives the team a lot of confidence heading into the next stage. They could finish as high as No. 3 in the standings depending on the results of the remaining matches.
“We put ourselves in a very good position. We might finish third or fourth, we don’t know what’s gonna happen next,” said Meralco team captain Jared Dillinger....
Meralco (5-4), winners of three of their last five, temporarily holds the fourth seed in the quarterfinals. San Mig Coffee (4-4), having now lost four of its last five, is slotted at the fifth.
Import Darnell Jackson erupted for 31 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Jared Dillinger scored 21 points and three steals, while Gary David added 18 points and five rebounds as the Bolts overwhelmed the undermanned Mixers....
Two crucial matchups featuring playoff teams jockeying for position banner Monday night’s slate at SMART-Araneta Coliseum as the elimination round of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup enters the homestretch.
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters battle the Air 21 Express in the first game 5:45 p.m. on AksyonTV, before the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers tangle with the Meralco Bolts at 8 p.m. on TV5.
The Mixers (4-3) are coming off a defeat at the hands of the San Miguel Beermen last Saturday, but will be extra motivated as they still have an outside chance of forcing a playoff for the second seed, which comes with twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals....
Meralco (4-4) snapped a two-game skid and moved to solo fifth place, and also assured that Alaska (4-3) entered the quarterfinals as well. Barako Bull (2-7) will likely miss the quarterfinals unless they win their last game against GlobalPort (0-7) to have a shot at a playoff game for eighth.
Darnell Jackson led the way with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jared Dillinger had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Gary David tallied 15 points and five assists, while John Wilson also had 15 points to go with six rebounds....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||5||4||0.556|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||7th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||3||5||0.375||8th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|